Painting it black

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There are very few cruelty free nail polishes available, so we are super excited to partner with Black Sheep Laquer, and share with you a brief Q & A with Erin.

Tell us a little about yourself…

Black Sheep Lacquer is one of the few Canadian indie nail polish brands that is Leaping Bunny Certified. This means none of my unisex nail polish is tested on animals, nor do any of my suppliers test on animals.

My company is a one woman show, run out of my office. I’m obsessed with sparkle and colour and nail polish, so starting my own nail polish company was an easy decision. It was vital to me to provide both a cruelty free and vegan product, while creating a nail polish that is durable and beautiful.

I’ve learned a lot about nail polish in the past 2 years, and only use tried and true micas and solvent resistant glitters. I’m a big music nerd with a penchant for heavy metal and loud rock music. I get so much inspiration musically, I listen to a song and try to translate how it makes me feel into colours. My favourite example is Bela Lugosi’s Dead. Bauhaus evokes dark but beautiful feelings, and I translated that into a dark black base with multiple red glitters. I wear it all the time, it’s such a gorgeous nail polish colour.

Black Sheep Lacquer is based on beautiful Quadra Island, a small northern Gulf Island just east of Campbell River on Vancouver Island BC

What led you to the decision to create cruelty free products?

It was a no-brainer for me. I’ve been a vegetarian most of my life and have only used cruelty free products, even as a teenager I can remember shopping at the Body Shop, proudly rocking my “Against Animal Testing” shirt. All of my products are thus vegan, I do not use any animal products in any of my nail polishes.

I purchase from 2 major suppliers who have committed to cruelty free products. Outside of that, I do careful label reading. It’s important to keep my product vegan, so I’m always mindful of what ingredients I use in my nail polish.

What would you say to those who say there’s no viable alternative to testing on animals?

I’d like to say something that’s likely not printable. It’s a bunch of B.S. If there really is no viable alternative then it’s time to discontinue the product.

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